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Librarianship and Human Rights

I see that Toni Samek, one of the wonderful professors from the University of Alberta SLIS, has a new book coming out right away called Librarianship and Human Rights. Story here.

How’s this for inspiring?

“There is a lack of understanding about the role of librarians in society,” said Dr. Toni Samek, a professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). “At the core, they are freedom fighters and social activists who stand for intellectual freedom.”

Hell, yeah! That’s one of the reasons I’m so glad I went to U of A. The profs there have a deep commitment to human rights and intellectual freedom. It’s nice to be reminded of my profession’s higher calling on days when I’m bogged down with annoying system errors.

I’m putting in a library purchase request for this book right away, and you might want to do the same.

Comments

Comment from Bujar Kocani
Time: August 26, 2006, 12:18 pm

Where to Complain
I am University Library Director in Albania.Work in Library over 30 years.All my life is Library
I am ALA MEMBER and,and member of some divisions.Here in Albania is a lack
of understanding about the role of librarians in society,but this is Albania society.
As/librarian i am responsable to link people to information tools available.I believe
knowledge inspires ideas.Unffettered access to information is vital to the realisation of this
process.I do this openly and without judjement or regard for race,creed,religion,disability,
gender,age,or economic status.Ideas are essential for individual,to meet their fullest potential,
and ideas drive the evolution of humanity.In some international conference in europe where
i have invitation i have barrier from European embassy in Albania.But Why?Why i am Albanian,
but what has more that me one european librarian?Where is Librarian& Human Rights

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